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d. rdckefelleisi«» I I'M 11; INSPIRED THIS PLAt:W ""fll WERE WitSTTElHfag^B^yMy W^P D. ™nfln| WILTON LACK AYE, (y^fl '■""" . * - ' • • >'^if*i' WHEN Jt was flr»t announced | that John D. Rookefeller had contributed a num ber of the lines placed ►>to the mouth of the capitalistic hero •f Cleveland Morten's play, "The Bat tle," the humorists of newspaperdom i bad seven days' sport with John D. in j the guise of playwright. The rumor man also saw his oppor tunity. The ptooa wai heralded as "ft piay that gives the poor millionaire a ' chance." It wm advertised through mediums not generally opened to the! theatrical manager—the stock ticker, for example—so that It was not long ! befijre ttae»e were some ready to take | oath that the great financier himself! was backing the production. As a matter of fact, however, Roeke- j feller's chief contribution to "The Bat tle" is not sought In the half dozen ;■ lines or so that came from his pen. but \ rather In his Inspiration. Rockefeller, of course, has no personal Interest In ; the financial outcome of Mr. MofCett's play, but In building his character the author looked to Rockefeller as a model. The character of Haggleton, made fa miliar by Wilton Laokaye during the three seasons spent In this the most | successful play of his career, Is sup posedly the richest man in New Tork. j Rockefeller, as every one knows, comes nearer to being an actual billion aire than any man that ever lived. HaßjTleton, as Lackaye portrays him, b?ars not the slightest resemblance to Mr. Rockefeller, but for this there Is a reason. Haggleton represents the I Rockefeller !<Vas and Ideals, not his > personality. Thero are many ldlosyncraoles and j traits of the richest man raal life can fliow, made familiar by countless news paper descriptions and caricatures, luut would seriously Interfere with In- NOVEL MELODRAMA PUT ON AT GRAND Is Based on Alleged Crime of Dr. Crippen—News of the Va rious Theaters SHIRLEY OLYMPIUS A new melodrama i? among us. It sprang into life yesterday afternoon and now moves and has its being at the Grand opera house, the home of many strange theatrical offerings, pood, bad and indifferent. Just which adjective applies to "Tracked by Wireless" may be learned after a visit to tho Grand. Close reading of the press accounts of the sensational and revolting mur der for which Dr. Hawley Crlppen is now being tried in London Is re- j tponsible lor "Tracked by Wifeless. Ira Carleton Tichener, a Los Angeles newspaper man, is author of the play. To avoid libel laws he has changed the names of the actual actors In the real drama. Hert) and there ho has '. bolstered up the story so as to give It proper dramatic value, but in other respects the piny accurately r the alleged crimes of l>r. Crlppen. In the final act the author has allowed the accused man to acknowledgi his crimes anil then by a ruse com- ■ mlt suicide. The ruse is smoking a poisoned cigar. The two great faults of Mr. Tlchener's drama are that it lacks the swift ac tion necessary to melodramas of the blood and thunder variety and that It is without a big smashing climax. The dialogue is fair. Here and there comedy lines and a more or less rough epigram raise the dialogue above the level of commonplace. With some tin kering, especially in the second and third acts, the play may easily bo beaten into a successful melodrama. A bit mon blood should lie shed in the second act and a bit more thunder should rumble in the third act when the suspected man and his girl com panion, dressed In boy's clothing, are discovered on board the Santrose. These two acts are particularly tame and drag tlresomely. Chester Stevens played Dr. llarley 11. Qrlppen, "the man of mystery," in a rather nervous and stilted manner, but he was properly hissed, so he ma.de good in the role from the stand point of the audience, in Grippen should lie mad.- to appear as a suave, unctuous, oily-tongued, pleasure loving individual who spends money with a bit more liberality and ostentation than the real man of the world and | who pets most of his pleasure from the cringing adulation of the circle of sycophants his life has attracted to him. There's vastly more in the character of Dr. Grippen than Mr. Ste vens lias made known, tor Dr. Grip pen is a pathological study. Henry New. Scotland STard Inspec tor, enacted by George Webb, is the conventional .sort of detective hero, who always clears up mysteries and appears on the scene ai the critical moment. As the pole i' not suscepti ble of much individualism in eh terlzatlon little criticism or Mr Wi bb's portrayal may be made. He gatixflod the audience to the point of vociferous applause. Gertrude Claire in the role of Mrs. Collins, a sort of virago ban h. ■ . aided In making the comedy situations. Sid ncv Diamond was the runaway hus band whom Mils Claire v\as tracking, r meeting, but never capturing. Ivu Bhepard as the doctor's typist hud JOHN D. ROCKEFELLER INSPIRED THIS PLAY. 1 HiNES SPOKEN BY iOHNI IQAGGLETON! %JN'l|i!E HATTIE" WERE WHSTTENI|y| #«^THEHASTEi* OFEIILLIONS^^i "■nntatyjr f/Sfay\S\ " ' HilU HULg) «° f^ \\ R- . - ^,..,....: . —-^— -r--^^-- ; — ..■■.-.■,-.■:■■'■ ■■ P " —■ aaa^ • HI Scene from "The "Battle."—Moran, an old Socialist, tries to shoot John J. Haggleton. the multi-million aire. Haggleton's son interferes. Miss Iva Shepherd as Ethelare Ganeve in Grippen Melodrama ■ * little to do, but did it well. Others in the cast were acceptable. One portion of the third act should be eliminated. It cannot be forgot ten. I refer to an Interpolated sons about "Italy Love." The rendition of this alleged musical number was piti fully painful. ■ • • The new bill opening at the Orpheum this afternoon will make a particular ly strong appeal to every lover of real music. "The Operatic Festival," the headline act, Is composed of fifteen selected grand opera soloists. "The Carnival of Venice" and "Gypsy Life" are their offerings. The new sketch will lie offered by J. C. Nugent & Co. and is from Mr. Nugent's pen. It Is called "The Squarer," and has a strong comedy flavor Flanagan & Edwards, with "On and Off" have a new Idea in comedy patter. The Harvey- De Vora trio of dancers is distinctive ly original. "The Police Inspector" continues, as do "Toyshop Pastimes," Btepp, Mehlinger &• King and Lou Anger, while the motion pictures will ■how "Alice In Wonderland." • • • William Rock and Maud Fulton, a dancing and talking team who have no equals in metropolitan popularity, have been engaged tor their first Orpheum tour and may be looked for out this way ere long. Another gladsome an nouncement is that Al.ce Lloyd returns here In January. A third big foreign act is to be presented by La Torta- Jada, a celebrated Spanish pantomime dancer. The la! named opened In Omaha last week and was a sensation. * • « "Frank" returns today from his va cation, and the Orpheum orchestra will once more resume Its topnotch posi tion. . . . • • • The Belasco theater's sixth anniver sary will be. celebrated tonight. With Lewis 8, Stone back from his sum- LOS ANGELES HERALD: MONDAY MORNING, SEPTE^FBER 12, 1910. mer vacation and with a new leading lady in the person of Eve Kelly, the Belasco-Blackwood players will give the first performance in this city of ('banning Pollock's comedy, "Such a Little Queen." Miss Kelly will have the part of the young queen who comes to America to escape an uprising of her . oplo I and finds herself in New York —in a ! Harlem flat —without the much needed coin of our realm, and with only a I faithful old minister of state as her companion. Mr. Stone will be seen as the young king, Stephen IV, who fol lows the young queen to America in quest of her heart and hand and who also lands here practically.penniless. • • • "The Lottery Man," played last week at the Majestic theater, is included among the early offerings at the Bel asco. The stock company production will be made by special arrangement with the Messrs. Shubert. • • * Clyde Fitch's comedy success, "Girls," will follow '■Such a Little Queen" at the Belasco. • • • The program of "Such a Little Queen" at the Belasco will indicate the length of stay of each actor concerned In tonight's performance of the c'ban ning Pollock comedy. Lewis S. Stone is now In his fifth year at the BelaSCO. Dick Viyian Is just starting his seventh year— be is the only member of the present company that participated in the inaugural performance of "The Wife'; Frank Cr.mp is listed as in his second season; William Yeranco at five years; Adele Farrlngton, five years; Ida Lewis, three years; .Jatries K. Ap plebee, three years; Harry Andrews, two years; Charles Olblyn, two years; Charlie Rugglea, four years, while Mr. Kawllngton, Miss Sullivan, Miss Lowry and Miss Henley are playing their first year at the BelaaCO. Stage Carpenter Carl M. Scliluiid,' Property Master Ed- ward Buskirk and Chief Electrician Carl M. Taylor have been at the Bel asco ever siuee the opening of the theater. "Salvation Nell" started on its third week at the Burbank with two packed houses yesterday. This is the third play in succession to run extra time at Oliver Morosco's playhouse and since the first of the year there have been less than half a dozen plays which have remained one week only. This will bo the final appearance of the Salvation Army drama, however, for "Strongheart" has been in rehear sal for three weeks and it has been decided that It will be staged next week, no matter how big the demand for "Salvation Nell" continues. The. cast remains the same, with the ex ception of Louise Koyce, who has left the Lurbank to take an extended and well earned rest. She is replaced by Florence Oberle. Myrtle Vane in tended leaving for New York this week to try her fortunes on Broadway, but consented to remain until the Close of the "Salvation Nell" run, as her role, Hallelujah Maggie, would be hard to till on short notice. Wilton Lackaye will open an en gagement of one week at the Majestic theater tonight in Cleveland Moffett'B drama, 'The Battle." This is an ex position of the antagonistic princi ples of Socialism and capitalism, giv ing both aides the credit for being sincere. On this it differs from the average drama of affairs and politics, in which either the rich man or the reformer is selected as the type of the evil influence and whatever the other does is pictured as bring just about right. In "The Battle" the play wright ha.s simply given a picture of two strong forces clashing and left the. spectator to judge for himself which has the true attitude toward life. The attraction at the Mason opera house tonight and for the remainder Of the week will be the comedy "Si'vi-n Days," which has been the leading success in New York since its first presentation by Wagenhala & Kem pur early last season. In this piece a party of New York's smart set meets for dinner and is quarantined for a week. Members of the party draw lots to sec who shall attend to the various household tasks. Their duties having been decided on, thc> swells arc set out to prepare meals and do Other unaccustomed things and their manner of doing them Is wonder ful to beholl. • Henry Lee, one of America's char acter actors, who presents speaking lilii nesses of great men, "past and present," on the vaudeville stage, will be the feature of the all new Sullivan .<• Consldlne bill opening at the Los Angeles theater with the matinee to daj. Mr, Lee otters characters of such men as General Grant, Pope Leo XIII, General Lee, Theodore Roosevelt, Pres- i Ident Taft and Abraham Lincoln. He has recently added a portrayal of the noted American humorist, the late Marls Twain. Others on the new bill are Zlnelle & Boutelle in their sprightly musical farce called "237 Miles from New York"; Will Davis in his latest mono logue, "The Doctor"; Scott Brothers with their human "Loop the Loop"; Alice Mortlork and her company, pre senting Charles Doty's tabloid drama, "The other Woman," and Symonds, Ryan and worth. GIDDY HARLEM Old Lady (who has lost her bearings) —But, dear me! I'm certain that the last time 1 was here I went that way to Harlem! '•:.' .. Diplomatic) Policeman—lt's right in the opposlto direction now, mum. Ye'd he surprised at Hi' changes that's been made-Life. DEDICATE SECOND SCIENTIST CHURCH Judge John D. Works Delivers Ad dress in New Structure on Adams Street Marked with simplicity and beauty, the Second Church of Christ, Scientist, West Adams near Hoover street, was dedicated yesterday. Judge John D. Works, president of the church, made the address, which was emphasized with Christian ideals and practical re sults. The following telegram was pent by the officials of the church to Mrs. Mary liaker Eddy: "Upon this, The Joyous occasion of the dedication of the edifice of the Second Church of Christ, Scientist, of Los Angeles, the love of all Christian Scientists in this field goes out in deepest gratitude to you, who have again given to mankind the spiritual understanding of.God which this church i.s teaching and demonstrating." Four services were conducted dur iny the day and evening, all with the form of .simplicity characteristic of the denomination in dedicating its new edifices. S. M. Abbott and Mrs. R. L. Craig were the first and second read ers, respectively. The magnificent church, costing more than $300,000, stands as a monument to the cause of the Christian Scien tists. The edifice is entirely out of debt, which is the rule of the church before dedication. It was erected on subscriptions and every expense was paid on or before the time it was due. The church is erected much after the style of the mother church in Boston. It is an imposing structure in its lines of grandeur and architecture. It is one of the best ventilated edi lii ci of its kind in the United States. The main auditorium und£r the mag nificent dome that is to be seen from all parts of the city, contains a large seating rapacity. '. he entrances to the auditorium are arranged in a manner that a large congregation can be quickly and easily seated. The stained glass windows reflect a restful glow in the interior of the building. While the church membership is only about 300, the services draw an au dience of 1000 persons. The great pipe organ is concealed back of the ros trum and is second only to the organ at the Temple . uditorium. In hi.s address Judge Works gave the following interesting history of the church: SHOULD ITT ASIDE PRIDE "We are here to dedicate this church to the worship of Ood and the loving sir vice of man. 'We should come to such a service in all humility, putting aside a" sense of pride, ambition and ■elf-gloriflcatlon, We are not here to glory in the past, but to consecrate ourselves to the work of the future. "This material structure is most beautiful In its design and execution, even magnificent in Its proportions and appointments. In the material sense il |g a fitting and worthy home for a Christian Science church. But the ma terial structure is only the symbol of the spiritual Idea, I memorial to the trui' church denned by our beloved Leader as 'The structure of Truth .■in.l Love, 1 founded on divine Principle. "II is the emblem of that hOUBi t built with hands eternal In the lumv- stant appreciation of the Rockefeller that Mr. Moffett tries to show. Consequently In his delineation of the part Mr. Lackaye has endeavored to show a composite picture of the finan cial slant of today—drawing his physi cal conception more, perhaps, from Morgan, the late Rogers and Thomas Ryan than from Rockefeller himself — but the Haggleton of Mr. Moffett and Lackaye remains the Rockefeller of real life set In another physical frame. The ideas contained In those speeches of the play that Mr. Rockefeller actual ly wrote are voiced In somewhat differ ent phraseology In the Standard Oil magnate's book of reminiscences. Al though It has never boen no stated, It Is not Improbable that In the proof sheets of this book Mr Moffett found the germ of his play. The Incidents of the story of "The Battle" are all fictitious. There Is noth ing In Rockefeller's life that corre sponds with the plot of the play, but this plot—an intensely Interesting story —was designed merely as a setting of the character, to Illustrate the efficacy and value of the Rorkefellerlan Ideas when put to the test of circumstance. Haggleton Is placed In situations where he Is forced to demonstrate the strength of his theories by putting them Into practice and, with their aid, overcoming serious obstacles. Of course Mr. Moffett Is skillful enough as a dramatl.it to make It ap pear that his Ideas are wholly subordi nate to the story of the play. The fact that he Is never "preachy" is loudly attested to by the big popular sucoaes the play has met with. Yet it is the backbone given "The Battle" that makes it worth while— the underlying purpose that makes It worth fighting and winning. Haggleton's defense of his business methods Is very cleverly put. The following bit of dialogue will Illus trate: ens.' As such we dedicate it to the use of the true church, and as an in strument for the advancement and perpetuation of our religion of Truth and Love, the healing: of the sick and the redemption and regeneration of the sinner. To make it an effective aid to these, purposes we must consecrate and dedicate ourselves to the great work that la before us as a spiritual, a Christian church. I "So we should consider, seriously and prayerfully, what use we are going to make of this building that divino Lovo has provided for us. We should re solve, on this day of dedication, to endeavor to make it a veritable temple of God devoted to His service. ASPIRATIONS SHOULD BE HOLY "This beautiful temple should be filled with good and loving thoughts and holy aspirations. It should be made sacred by the exclusion from it of every evil or unworthy thought and desire. Malice, hatred, covetousness, ambition, pride, selfishness, and all the many evil suggestions of mortal mind should find no place within these walls. We dedicate this church by. right thinking about it. right resolves, and righteous conduct as a church and as Individuals. "In order to realize and appreciate the possibilities and the responsibilities of the future it may be well to look for a moment at the achievements of the past, of the work already accomplished as a church, by which we have been brought to this occasion, not to pride ourselves upon what we have done, but to bring us to a realization of the fact that better things may be wrought In the future, and to impress upon the minds of this people the obligation, the duty, to live nearer to God, to follow in the footsteps of the Master, m 1 to profit by the teachings of our beloved Leader, and make ourselves more worthy of those teachings. "This church was organized as a society on the 12th day of January, 189S, at the home of Mrs. L. J. Rose. It held Its services thereafter at Ebell hall, a small building on Broadway in this city. It was organized and In corporated as a church June 20, 1898, with twenty-five charter members, all of whom were.members of the Mother Church. It continued to hold its ser vices In Kbell hall until January 21, 1900, when It removed to the Woman's Club house on Flgueroa street, having n seating capacity of about five hun dred. MKMBKRSHir OI'T<iI«KVV HAIX "The membership and eonjriesra li^n soon outgrew this hall, and the church leased, while it was under construction, What was then known as Doblnson's hall, now the Gamut dub, with a seat ins capacity of about SOO. and •ic-uple.] it In May, 1904. That hall very soon became too small to accommodate the people, and in July, 1004, only two months later, it removed to Slmpsin auditorium, with a seating capacity of something like 1700. It soon beevne apparent that even this larß; audito rium would be Inadequate to our needs. 11. too, snon overflowed and m.my iiec ple desiring to attend the services had to be turned away. To avoid this, overflow meetings were held for a time in the Sunday school room of the same building, and later in the Gamut club auditorium. "The Sunday school hud grown so that it had to be divided in tlie same way. This brought the church to a realization of the fact that Its mem berslrtp and congregation had jcro\vn too large to be properly accommodated in one place to be cared for by one church organization. Therefore, in April, 1909. a division of territory wan made between Second ■■ and Third churches, and Third church was formed of the members of Second church re siding In the territory assigned to Third church. "Simpson auditorium wan in the ter ritory of Thir.i church, therefore that church was left,ln possession of .'That auditorium, ■ which It has 3lnee pur- Qontle (a Socialist): **Tou haven't been honest!" Haggleton: "Honest? We've kejrt t« the standard of average honesty In this country, arid no man can succeed In business who keeps above It Th« faults of America's Industrial leaders are the faults of the American peo ple." Oentle: "No!" Haggleton: TM, sir! Tou attack ua and blackguard us, but you know In your hearts you'd do exactly what iwe do If you'd had the chance. Tou j know we are precisely as honest as the average American cltrien. If we weren't we'd be in Jail. Tou say w« break the law? Well, we do. But who doesn't? Give the average Amerl- I can cltlsen an automobile and watch him break the speed law. JLet the po liceman stop him and see the flash of his ton dollar btll. That's bribery. Watch the average American woman back from Paris tilth a lot of new dresses. Does she smuggle them In? Well, watch her. I tell you the only law anybody respects Is ouatorn. What does the average American citi zen do when he wants a drink in a prohibition state? He breaks the law I and gets It. And the average Amerl ' can mother when she tells the con | ductor how old her little boy Is? She's ■ a good mother and all that, bnt she'd j let Jltnmie ride on half fare until he \ had whiskers If she could." Again Haggleton says: "It's not mere capital and plant. It is not the strictly material things, that make up business, but It's the charaoter of the men behind these things." That Is one of the Rockefeller sentiments. The attitude of the poverty stricken toward the millionaire is humorously summed up by one of the other char acters of the pleoe. In speaking of the complaints of the tenant of one of Haggleton's blgr east side tenements; he says: "Tou make me tired. If a woman has twins In this tenement they blame It on Jdhn J. Hagglettm." chased for its use, and this church removed to the now Ebell linil on Fig ueroa street until this building, thm under construction, was completed. This building was completed and our first services held here January 23. 1910. HIMPSOX HAIA m.\nF,QI!ATE "In the meantime, and within a month after Third church was formed, it was demonstrated that Simpson au ditorium was still Inadequate, and ter ritory was assigned to Fourth church and that church organized by members of Third church living in that territory. "In August, 1909, a new division of territory was made, in this city, be tween First, Second, Third and Fourth churches, which, under the rule that membership should be held in the churches occupying the territory in which members resided, made a very considerable transfer and change of membership necessary In all of the churches. "In addition to this a church had been formed in Hollywood composed mostly of members of Fourth church. There was also a church society at San Pedro and one at Oardena. Since then Hollywood, San Pedro and Gar dena have been annexed to and be come a part of the city of Los Angeles, and tho Hollywood church has since changed its name to the Fifth Church of Los Anpreles. "Thus it will he seen that we have now five Christian Science churches, and two societies in this city, and all of them are growing and prospering. "To return to our own church his tory. The lots upon which this build ing stands wore purchased January 20, 1905, at a cost of $20,000. The church building was commenced March 20, 1907. The corner stone was laid with simple and appropriate ceremo nies March 18, 1908. The church was completed, as already stated, January 23 of this year. The cost of the build ing was $296,427.82. CHURCH COST (318,427.82 "Thus you will see that our church homo, that we are now dedicating, haa cost a total, with the building and grounds, of $318,427.82. This amount may be varied slightly by the final ad justment of accounts. The funds for tlio purchase of the grounds and con struction of the building were supplied wholly by members of this and other Christian Science churches, and .friends of Christian Science. There was ni»ver a lack of funds. Every contract obli gation was properly paid when due, and a number of them were paid before the time agreed upon. "We are greatly indebted to the other churches in Los Angeles for their gen erous contributions to our building fund. It is hoped that we may soon bo able to show our gratitude by aid ins- these other churches in providing suitable church homes for themselves. "We should not, on this happy occa sion, overlook the work done by our own and other Sunday schools in con tributions to the building fund. Our own Sunday school has contributed $3761. Sunday schools of otlipr churches have generously contributed to the fund. "We cannot too strongly express our gratitude to God for the blessings re ceived by this church. The importance of this permannent and beautiful church home as a means of prosecuting its work can not be overestimated. This ia a fitting occasion for a renewed and loving expression of gratitude to our dear Leader for all that ahe has done for us, as a church, and as in dividuals, and for the whole world, by her beneficent teachings, her pure and exalted example and her consecrated devotion to all that is noble, pure and good. "Let us so use this church edifice which we now dedicate, as to advance the cause of true religion, elevate and ennoble man, heal the sick and reform the sinner, and in all things to en deavor to do Cod's will. So will we prove the truth of our religion and of the teachings of our Leader."